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Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft lands in China after 20-hour flight from Myanmar

ImageOn the latest stage of its record-breaking, round the world journey the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has landed in China. The flight from Myanmar took 20-and-a-half hours.


'The victims are blanked out'

The co-pilot of flight 4U9525 allegedly failed to inform airline Germanwings that he was sick. He's being blamed for the death of 150 people. DW interviewed psychologist Rudolf Egg about possible motives.


Germany's stringent pilot aptitude tests

Questions are being asked about the mental health of a co-pilot thought to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane. But pilot aptitude tests are designed to weed out such cases, expert Michael Müller tells DW.


How does a cockpit door work?

Modern cockpit doors have safety systems to keep out intruders. They can be opened from the cabin - to help pilots in an emergency. But control is from within. And that has its own dangers.


How does a black box work?

If you wan't to establish why a plane crashed, you need to retrieve the black box. This virtually indestructible orange device records all relevant flight data and conversations in the cockpit.


Learning to fly - without fear

After a disaster like the Germanwings crash, aviophobia increases among the population, says Keith Stoll. The psychologist, who works with British Airways, told DW why being afraid of flying is natural for humans.


Little help for traumatized refugees

From 2012 to 2013 the number of refugees in Germany increased by 70 percent, trend: upwards. At least half of them need psychological treatment. But care centers are overloaded.


Short circuit delays restart of CERN Large Hadron Collider

Engineers have upgraded and remodelled the particle-accelerator LHC. Now a scheduled restart had to be delayed due to a short circuit in an electromagnet. The collection of data in 2015 will probably not be affected.


US and Russian astronauts successfully dock at International Space Station

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS). The scientists' stay on board the ISS will be the longest ever.